I recently wrote about how a former Marine fought off an attempted home invasion. Donnie managed to fire three shots. No one was hit. I ran into Donnie again at a local gas station. A large, powerful black man, he makes quite an impression. We shook hands and I told him that the article had been published. He hadn’t seen it yet; he is in the middle of a move. He didn’t say, but I suspect it was a decision precipitated by the aborted home invasion. He had lost my card in the packing shuffle. He asked me: How can I bear arms? . . .
I was openly carrying when I met him. I was directly demonstrating the right to keep and bear arms when we met again. I believe that prompted the question.
It was a simple, direct, question. People who are immersed in the gun culture often fail to understand that people who are not so inclined do not know the intricacies and subtleties of what it takes to go about armed in today’s society.
Donnie was trained as a Marine. He knows how to use firearms. But he is only a peripheral member of the gun culture.
I gave him another card and explained the requirements to obtain a carry permit in Texas. I asked if he had access to the Internet. He said he did. I told him to do a search for concealed carry Texas. I said that he’d need to take a class and pay the State about a hundred dollars. He could then get the permit. I asked if he had any felony or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. He did not.
There are some noteworthy exceptions where you can bear arms without a permit: on your own property, in your car, and while hunting. To generally bear arms in Texas, you need a carry permit. I trust that Donnie will follow-up on legally bearing arms in Texas.
Bringing peaceful, responsible black people into the gun culture is a way of showing them that they are also protected by the Constitution. Unfortunately, permit fees and classes disproportionately make it harder for people of limited means to obtain permits.
For a great many reasons, black people are disproportionately in the lower income brackets. The Crime Prevention Research Center has found that a $10 increase in permit fees decreases the number of permit holders by about one half of a percent of the adult population. Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.
There is a movement to bring Texas into the permitless or “Constitutional” carry club. It has some backers in the legislature and activists supporting it. It may take a while, but Texas is rolling back infringements on the Second Amendment that have been in place for a hundred and forty years.
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